Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

KALW’s weekly magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, featuring live interviews with musicians, choreographers, and actors, with occasional in-studio performances and ticket giveaways.  Produced by Niels Swinkels.

(For segment/guest suggestions, email david@kalw.org.)

 

Stefan Cohen/San Francisco Opera

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with baritones Ryan McKinny and Elliot Madore, and tenor Paul Appleby about their roles in the upcoming World Premiere of John Adams’ newest opera ‘Girls of the Golden West’ at San Francisco Opera.

David Wilson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actors John Fisher and Morgan Lange about the premiere at Theatre Rhinoceros of ‘The Normal Heart’, a play by Larry Kramer. Set in the early eighties, the play deals with the rise of the HIV–AIDS crisis in New York City, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks (played by John Fisher, who also directs), the gay founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. ‘The Normal Heart’ runs through November 25 at The Gateway Theatre (Formerly The Eureka Theatre); 215 Jackson St. (at Battery St.) in San Francisco.

Cory Weaver

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with American soprano Ellie Dehn, who makes her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role of ‘Manon’ by Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Conducted by Patrick Fournillier and directed by Vincent Boussard, ‘Manon’ opens this weekend (Nov 4) and runs through November 22.

Margo Moritz

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with RAWdance's Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith about ‘Double Exposure’, the company’s critically acclaimed program of duets by more than a dozen West Coast choreographers.

Andy Mogg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with award-winning choreographer, director and performer Kim Epifano, about the return of SF Trolley Dances, presented by Epiphany Dance Theater, this coming weekend. For the 14th edition of these site-specific dance performances, along a different MUNI-streetcar route each year, SF Trolley Dances starts South of Market, at the California Institute of Integral Studies (1453 Mission Street) and it ends in the Inner Sunset.

Cal Bach

This week on Open Air, guest host Peter Robinson talks with Paul Flight, Artistic Director of the California Bach Society, about upcoming performances in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Berkeley (Oct 20-22), featuring the ‘Missa Brevis in G Major, BWV 236’; Cantata  ‘Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis’, BWV 21 by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), plus ‘Tristis est anima mea’ by German composer Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722), was Bach’s predecessor as Thomaskantor in Leipzig.

Ben Yalom

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actors Michelle Haner and Debórah Eliezer, who star in ‘Role Call’, a double bill of highly personal one-woman plays presented by FoolsFURY at NOH Space (2840 Mariposa St, San Francisco). Director Ben Yalom will be joining the conversation.

Keith Sutter

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with internationally renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa about the West Coast premiere of her transcendent piece ‘Requiem for a Rose’, which is part of Smuin Ballet’s 24th season opener, ‘Dance Series 01’, to be presented at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco September 29-October 7.

Matt Haber

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with multi-disciplinary choreographer Raissa Simpson, founder and artistic director of the San Francisco-based PUSH Dance Company, about the upcoming edition of PUSHfest, a mixed genre showcase of dance works by mid-career to emerging choreographers, September 22-24 at ODC Theater in San Francisco.

Cory Weaver

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area actor, comedian, radio talk show host, playwright and author Brian Copeland, about the remounting of his show ‘Not a Genuine Black Man’ at The Marsh in San Francisco (now through October 21).

Cory Weaver

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area actor, playwright and comedian Don Reed, about his autobiographical show ‘The Kipling Hotel’, in which he looks back to his life in Oakland in the 80s.

Michael Craig/Pear Theatre

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Caroline Clark, who is director of Sarah Ruhl's funny and insightful comedy ‘In the Next Room, or, the Vibrator Play’, which opens the 16th season at the Pear Theatre in Mountain View on September 8 (through October 1).

Mark Kitaoka

This week on Open Air, guest host Peter Robinson talks with Riley Costello about the Peninsula premiere of the musical ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, which opens Hillbarn Theatre’s 2017–18 season, this Saturday.

Jeremy Daniel

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with 7-time Grammy Award-winning duo Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., the original lead singers of the internationally-renowned vocal group The 5th Dimension.

Alandra Hileman

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with artistic director Ariel Craft and playwright Oren Stevens, about the world premiere of MacBitch. Presented by The Breadbox, MacBitch features an all female cast of ten. Through August 19 at EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street in San Francisco.

Meghan Moore

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Z Space Playwright-in-Residence Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, about the rolling world premiere of ‘The Making of a Great Moment’, currently at Z Below through August 26.

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, guest host Peter Robinson talks with violinist Paul Huang, one of the artists who is participating in the fifteenth anniversary season of the Music@Menlo Festival and Institute, with as its theme ‘The Glorious Violin’, ongoing through August 5.

Margo Moritz

This week on Open Air, guest host Judith Seeger talks with Charlotte Moraga, artistic director of the newly formed Chitresh Das Institute, about this weekend’s inaugural season of the institute, featuring the world premiere of ‘The Art of Kathak’, a traditional Kathak solo performance by Charlotte Moraga, accompanied by tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, who will also join us in the studio.

John Hefti

This week on Open Air, guest host Judith Seeger talks with cellist Tanya Tomkins and pianist Eric Zivian about the upcoming Valley of the Moon Music Festival, of which they are co-founders, and artistic and music directors, respectively. Also joining in the studio is clarinetist Eric Hoeprich - and there will be live music!

Tennessee Reed

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with award-winning journalist, poet, songwriter, filmmaker and author Yuri Kageyama, about her project ‘News from Fukushima: Meditation on an Under-Reported Catastrophe by a Poet’, in which she combines poetry, dance, theater, music and film, to remind us of the human stories behind the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, now six years ago. ‘News from Fukushima’ runs this weekend at Z Space in San Francisco.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actor and playwright Don Reed, about his autobiographical show ‘East 14th’, running through July 30 at The Marsh Berkeley, in which he discusses his upbringing in 1970s Oakland, resisting the evangelical recruiting by his Jehovah’s Witness stepfather and dealing with his real father, not knowing Dad was a pimp.

This week, details about this year's Stern Grove Festival from Director of Programming Judy Tseng and new Executive Director Bob Fiedler; James Sofranko talks about the second season of SFDanceworks, more from the Frameline film festival from programmer Harry Vaughn and Tom Gustafson, director of the musical "Hello Again" and Peter Robinson talks with Shakespeare scholar Philippa Kelly about Cal Shakes and the Oregon Shakespeare Fest

Lance Huntley

This week, Peter Robinson is guest host for a discussion of Shakespeare with actor/director L. Peter Callender, artistic director of the African American Shakespeare Company, which concludes its season with "The Winter's Tale."  Also, actresses Susi Damilano and Julia Brothers talk about the premiere of "The Roommate" at SF Playhouse.  And author Tony Broadbent talks about his novel set during the heyday of The Beatles in Liverpool, Hamburg, and London:  "The One After 9:09:  A Mystery with a Backbeat"

Kevin Berne

This week, you'll hear about the ACT production of "A Night with Janis Joplin" from its eponymous star, portrayed by Kacee Clanton.

From the Aurora Theatre and director Barbara Damashek: details about the Bay Area Premiere of "Splendour"- Abi Morgan's riveting play about the fragility of power and the unreliability of language.

Ken Levin

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with award-winning playwright Christopher Chen, about the world premiere of his new play ‘You Mean to Do Me Harm’ at San Francisco Playhouse, which runs from June 6 - July 2 and is part of the ‘Sandbox Series’ of new works.

Andy Mogg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Kim Epifano, artistic director of Epiphany Productions, about the new site specific performance ‘The Last Blue Couch in the Sky’, which opens on June 2. The event includes a walking tour through the volatile San Francisco South of Market district, where displacement and gentrification have been a long-term challenge to the local communities, and ends with a performance inside at YBCA's Forum.

This week on Open Air, KALW's radio magazine of the Bay Area performing arts scene, you'll hear about the Central Works production of "Edward King" written and directed by Gary Graves, a new comedy about finding your roots.  Liss Fain talks about the Liss Fain Dance premiere of "Known Once" based on stories collected in partnership with 826 Valencia as well as The Redwoods, a mixed-income residential community for seniors in Mill Valley; actor Adam Strau

Steve Disenhof

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Robert Moses about the world premiere of ‘Trick Bags/Trap Doors/Painted Corners’, created by Robert Moses, together with guest choreographers Terence Marling and Latanya d. Tigner.

Chris Hardy

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe’s guests include Berkeley Symphony Executive Director René Mandel, who discusses the performance of Shostakovich’s choral masterpiece Symphony No. 13, ‘Babi Yar’, on May 4 at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, plus the orchestra’s collaboration with KALW.

Jeff Zender

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with dancer and choreographer Stacey Printz, artistic director of Printz Dance Project (PDP), about the world premiere of GLASSlands, an evening-length dance project that explores ‘proximity, visibility, technology and connection in a culture of ever increasing emotional and intimate distances’. Choreographed by Printz and featuring set designs by Sean Riley, GLASSlands is performed May 4-6 at Z Space in San Francisco. 

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